Cut through any anxiety and make selling your home easier than ever with this handy guide.
Make a Plan
A good plan will help keep you on track and eliminate overwhelm during the selling process. Consider things like:
- What’s my timeline?
- Should I use a REALTOR®?
- What’s my priority? Closing date? Price?
PRO TIP: Going through these questions with a professional you trust makes all the difference, which is why our next tip is:
Find Your REALTOR®
Every REALTOR® at ABoR has earned that designation through in-depth education and licensing. They know your specific local market and can tap into a network of trusted partners in the real estate world.
PRO TIP: A REALTOR® can advise on things like comparable home prices and the best times to sell.
Your home’s exposure is at an all-time high when it’s first listed. Too many people overestimate what their home is worth and are afraid of taking less, which can impact this hype.
PRO TIP: Trust your REALTOR® to research comparable house sales and find a realistic price that won’t alienate the market.
Change Your Point of View
To make the best first impression possible, you need to be willing to look at your property through the eyes of a potential buyer. Does it have curb appeal, or does the paint need an update? Is it tidy or cluttered?
PRO TIP: Having trouble getting into potential buyer-mode? Ask your agent for advice or invite friends and acquaintances to tour your home and give you a fresh opinion!
Cut the Clutter
People want to be able to imagine themselves living in the houses they tour. Clutter is uninviting and uninspiring.
PRO TIP: Take this opportunity to clear out junk and pack away personal items to create a neutral space.
Set the Stage
When it comes to staging, you want to think about how the spaces in your home will most likely be used and stage it accordingly.
PRO TIP: Is your extra bedroom currently an office or a gym? Consider adding an inexpensive inflatable mattress made up as a bed to help buyers visualize it as a bedroom.
To sell your home as quickly as possible, you need to be willing to have some flexibility for showings. Have a realistic talk with your REALTOR® before your listing goes live and discuss things like advance notice and optimal tour times.
PRO TIP: Most people need to accommodate tours around their work schedule, so try to make your home available during these evening and weekend hours as much as possible.
Don’t Neglect Your Pets
Not everyone is a fan of pets, so it’s important to make arrangements for them before showings. Keep them with you or place them in a designated part of the house.
PRO TIP: REALTORS® will abide by any showing instructions entered into ACTRIS by your agent.
In times of stress, know that your REALTOR® can help you with any uncertainty or confusion. They’ve gone through this before and have plenty of encouragement and advice.
At ABoR, we promise to be with you from when the listing goes live to the closing date. We’ve got your back!